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Taiwan first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

Taiwan first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage supporters hug each other on the streets of Taipei after hearing the court order. In a victorious ruling for supporters of same-sex marriage, Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that the legal definition of marriage is not limited to that between a man and a woman. The ruling also gives Taiwan’s parliament two years to pass new legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. Announcements of the ruling were met with raucous applause on the streets of central Taipei, where rainbow flag-wielding supporters were awaiting the verdict. The bill to enforce the court’s ruling is already in progress, requiring that authorities either enact or amend relevant laws within two years. If …read more

At wedding market, mothers of gays and lesbians face resistance

At wedding market, mothers of gays and lesbians face resistance

A group of women trying to raise awareness of LGBT rights by advertising their single, gay sons and daughters at Shanghai’s “marriage market” were forced to disperse after a heated confrontation with other parents and security personnel. The so-called “marriage market” at Shanghai’s centrally located People’s Park draws a large crowd of parents who post signs each weekend describing their children in an effort to find a suitable partner, but organizers among the parents of LGBT children said this Saturday marked the first time that parents with gay children tried to join them. “If parents of straight people can be here, parents of gay people can also be here,” Dong …read more

Zero discrimination day aims to curb discrimination towards HIV/AIDS sufferers

March 1 has been appointed by UNAIDS as International Zero Discrimination Day, aiming to combat discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. The day was first launched in 2014 with a major event in Beijing. China’s Center for Disease Control reports that those living with HIV/AIDS in the country amount to over 6 million, the main form of transmission being sexual contact. The center also estimates that between 2010 and 2016, cases of HIV infection among older men increased more than threefold. While unawareness of the disease is a factor in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among them, another great factor is the widespread discrimination they face. China’s longest surviving man living …read more

Working towards an AIDS-free generation in China

According to statistics from China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people living with HIV in China had reached 654,000 by September 2016. About 94.2% of the new cases were transmitted through sexual behaviour. Wang Yu, the director of CDC, warned that although the overall infection rate is not high, the situation concerning HIV/AIDS in China remains serious. On November 30th the Towards an AIDS Free Generation charity event was held for the third consecutive year to celebrate World AIDS Day under the theme of “joining forces for HIV prevention”. Blued Charity co-hosted the event with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health …read more

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Last Tuesday a chain of restaurants that refused to hire a female cook was found guilty of gender discrimination, fined 2000 Yuan for “spiritual damages” and required to issue a written apology. Gao Xiao (a pseudonym) was rejected when applying for a job as a trainee cook at a seafood restaurant in Guangzhou, on account of being a woman. The young woman then sued the Guangdong Huishijia Economic Development Company, which owns the restaurant, for gender discrimination in August last year. In June last year Gao Xiao saw the advertisement for a trainee cook on a job-hunting website and thought she would be eligible for it, being qualified as a senior cook of …read more

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Five topics that provide a quick grasp of the crucial developments in philanthropic legislation and legal practice in China during the first half of 2016.

China’s first campaign to promote gender-neutral bathrooms begins with Beijing bars

A campaign has been initiated in Beijing to promote gender-neutral bathrooms, starting with the city’s bars. The campaign was launched in May by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI), urging private organizations to put up “All Gender Toilet” signs on their restrooms. The campaign, which has received help from the UN Women and UN Development Program, has so far been a success, with more than 30 non-governmental offices, bars and coffee shops taking part, Women of China reports. BGHEI also plans to create a map of all the gender-neutral bathrooms in the city. The signs feature three figures: one in a dress, one in trousers and one with a dress …read more

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Several Chinese LGBT organizations released a joint statement yesterday on the horrific attack that targeted the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two days ago. This event has been recognised as the worst mass shooting in American history. The gunman, Omar Matten, 29, was later killed in a shootout with the police. The Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the massacre in a statement released over an encrypted phone app, even though the FBI director has said that there is no evidence directly linking Omar Matten to an outside group. Still, the Orlando Attack was clearly directed at the gay community, and Matten’s ex-wife has claimed that Matten had often expressed …read more

National survey on LGBTI people in China released

The results of a survey on Chinese LGBTI people in China were released yesterday in the conference hall of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The survey, entitled “Being LGBTI in China: A National Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression”, was jointly implemented by UNDP, Peking University’s Sociology Department and the Beijing LGBT center. The survey received great support from dozens of national and local community, business and media organizations, and nearly 30,000 copies of valid questionnaires were received from all of China’s provinces. The survey reflects the life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and people with other non-conforming …read more

International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated in China

International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated in China

May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The occasion aims to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. The date was chosen to commemorate the removal of homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17th, 1990. The Day is celebrated in more than 130 countries. In China, various activities are taking place to mark the occasion, both online and in real life. Many Wechat accounts, such as LGBTRights, sichina and Onewaystreet2003, published articles to introduce the Day and the situation of LGBT …read more

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

A district court in Changsha, Hunan province, ruled against a gay couple in the China’s first same-sex marriage lawsuit on the 13th of April.

First transgender employment discrimination case to go to arbitration

On March 7th the labor arbitration tribunal of Yunyan district, Guiyang city, took up a transgender employment discrimination case filed by “Mr. C” against Ciming CheckUp (贵阳慈铭健康体检中心). This is the first case of employment discrimination against a transsexual in China that goes to court. At the same time, the Expert’s Draft on the Employment Non-Discrimination Law (《反就业歧视法(专家意见稿)》), proposed by over 30 delegates to the National People’s Congress during the on-going “ two sessions”, also includes articles against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Mr C is a transsexual (female to male) who joined Ciming CheckUp as a salesman in April 2015. Although he met all the requirements for the position, …read more

The 5th China Rainbow Media Award Ceremony successfully closes in Beijing

The 5th China Rainbow Media Award Ceremony successfully closes in Beijing

The awards ceremony for the fifth China Rainbow Media Award was brought to a successful close in Beijing on the 17th of January 2016. The award was jointly launched by the Beijing Ji Ande Consulting Center and another ten organizations. It is the first large-scale media and reporting event in China to focus on LGBTI issues. Its aim is to guide the Chinese media and journalists to report on issues related to sexual minorities more deeply and objectively, and provide gay people with a more understanding, diverse and fair environment. After much discussion by the panel of experts present, an article entitled She Talked about “Gay” Issue in Textbook with the Ministry of …read more

The first lawsuit on same-sex marriage rights put on record in Hunan

On December 16th Sun Wenlin, the first person in China to legally fight for the right to same-sex marriage, filed a lawsuit against Furong district Bureau of Civil Affairs in Changsha city, Hunan Province. The case has been put on record on January 5th, making it China’s first case on homosexual marriage rights. “Considering the typicality of the case, its being put on record should be written into history”, remarked by Sun’s attorney agent. Earlier last year in June, Sun and his boyfriend went to the Furong district Bureau of Civil Affairs’ Registry of Marriages to conduct a marriage registration, but they were refused with the reason that ”no law regulates the …read more

Gay director wins lawsuit against China’s top media authority

Following an order from China’s top media authority, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China (SARFT), a documentary about the mothers of gays and lesbians called Mama Rainbow was removed from the nation’s major video-sharing websites on February 12. The video had earned a hundred thousand views since its release in 2012. In the beginning of March Fan Popo, the gay director of the documentary, asked SARFT the reasons for the removal but got the response that there had been no such order. The director therefore sued SARFT in court on September 8. On December 22, the court passed sentence against SARFT and required it to pay the …read more

NPC passes Anti-Domestic Violence Law

The People’s Republic of China Anti-Domestic Violence Law was released during the Eighteenth Session of the Twelfth Standing Committee of the NPC on December 27. This law will be enforced from March 1st, 2016. It defines domestic violence as beating, binding, restricting personal freedom, frequent abusive remarks and threats within families which cause physical and mental damage. The law, which is the first legislation to address domestic violence in China, contains a few remarkable points. First of all, it stipulates that psychological violence should also be seen as a kind of domestic violence. Apart from that, it also mandates that violence between “people living together”, even when they are not married, should be regarded …read more

Chinese student who sued the Ministry of Education meets officials

On November 24th at 9 am, a judge-brokered discussion between the litigants of the first lawsuit against school textbooks’ stance on homosexuality in China took place at the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court. The litigants were a junior students at Sun Yat-sen University using the alias of Qiubai, and officials from the ministry of education. Qiubai said that she had worked for a long time with her lawyer Mr. Wang for this opportunity for dialogue, which focused on issues including the management of offending textbook, content censorship and amendments. The meeting lasted two hours, while supporters and the media gathered outside the courthouse waiting for the results. However, it ended …read more

Sixth ILGA-ASIA conference held in Taiwan

The sixth ILGA-ASIA Conference(第六届国际同志大会)was held from the 27th to the 30th of October in Taipei, Taiwan. More than 300 LGBT activists from nearly 40 countries attended the meeting, including ones from the American Human Rights Campaign, the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, the Ford Foundation and EU offices. The participants shared thought-provoking presentations and discussions. This year’s theme was “Independent Souls and Bodies”(灵魂‧身体自主). The ILGA-Asia Board along with the local hosts, the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association(台湾同志咨询热线协会), developed the theme from both a global and local perspective. A broad variety of forums, workshops and activities were offered, covering topics including political strategy, messaging and awareness raising, comparative legal analysis and other specific strategy formulations. Taiwan is a pioneer …read more